Master MORE than your Craft. Find out with Lynda!

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So you want to learn software skills on 3ds Max, Protools, Adobe after effects, Indesign, Unity game engine, etc…  That’s great! But SAE has more to offer.

Aside from classroom lessons, books on shelves, SAE Dubai offers you library databases to support you with these software skills you need for the course you have chosen.

Library databases are online resources subscribed by SAE to provide a wider range of credible information sources in different formats. Through the Library Portal, links to these databases can be accessed. SAE has three database category: ejournal, ebook, and video database.

Lynda.com is the most popular database on campus, from lecturers to students. If you are not fond of reading, video library database, such as Lynda is the one for you.

Let’s hear from some students on their comment on Lynda:

Elijah, Animation

I found Lynda to be very helpful as I have watched courses regarding on new software, techniques, and fundamentals. I’ve watched Lynda courses regarding on animation in general. I would recommend Lynda for people who wanted to be introduced to new programs.

Diane, Graphic Design

Lynda.com has definitely helped answered some technical queries I have regarding the softwares I use in my course.

The online courses are wide and comprehensive so most of the doubts/questions I have are answered by the time I’m done. It’s very detailed and the explanations are clear and understandable. I usually go for Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop courses. Would definitely recommend it to others.

Arpitha, Audio

I found Lynda.com very helpful, specially in my assignments. I used Lynda.com mostly to get different ideas on recording or mostly about just getting more knowledge on the softwares I use. I used for my audio course. I would very much recommend Lynda.com to every one who wants to learn deeply about the softwares or anything else in general. I would specially recommend this to all the students who can gain so more knowledge about their respective courses and also have many different ideas.

Lynda.com is not just helpful to students, SAE Staff attest to it as a valuable database.

Tasnim, Campus Academic Coordinator

“Lynda.com is an excellent supplemental educational tool that can support students in grasping and practicing what they learn in class and more. Its well-developed video courses come with practical exercises that the student can follow from start to finish at their own pace.”

Robert, Film Lecturer

“As a film lecturer, Lynda.com is a very helpful tool for me to use for my classes. For example, in classes where the student number is quite large, I usually ask the students to use Lynda.com as their go-to resource specifically in times when I can’t accommodate all of them in our limited lecture period. This was particularly helpful in classes that focus on a specific software, such as Adobe After Effects, where the various tutorials help the students explore more of what was discussed during their classroom session.”

Andrew, Audio Lecturer

“My students and working professionals have shared excellent reviews of Lynda. The vast range of tutorials with the scripts is highly beneficial. Not only do students find it helpful while studying their degrees but I have reports of praise for Lynda even after studies have finished. Of course the fact that SAE students get all access with their password, is big plus and one that ought to be taken advantage of while they are studying.”

Hiba, Graphic Design Coordinator

“Lynda.com is a huge instructional video library, it is a very rich library that helps me stay updated with the latest versions of the Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop software. All tutorials take you step by step to uncover the new tricks and shortcuts Adobe keeps updating in new releases. Additionally, the website makes for a great way to learn new software that complements visual communications, like Muse, After Effects, Flash.  All our students are advised to use the website to advance their skill levels in software and to expand their knowledge in creative topics like Typography, color theory, storytelling… Lynda features industry experts breaking down creative theories as well. All in all, it is a good way to keep one’s designer skills sharp.”

So you see? everyone attest as to how cool Lynda is.

But how about non-software skills, such as writing essays, presentations, creating portfolio, communication, time management, interview techniques, etc… Do you know that you can also learn them on Lynda.com?

Here’s a list of some courses you might be interested to start with:

Understanding Intellectual Property

Time Management Tips

Interviewing Techniques

Writing under a deadline

Creative Thinking

Advanced Grammar

Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence

Creating your personal brand

Teamwork foundations

Creating better blog content

Lynda is popular for software tutorials, but less is known of the courses it provides on these essential skills. Being aware of these available resources, you can master more skills that will assist you along in your craft to successfully turn your passion into profession.



Access it through the Library Portal homepage

Then click LYNDA.COM (DUBAI)

It will prompt you to sign in to your SAE gmail account, once done, you’re all set to access Lynda. Enjoy!


For further assistance, contact your Campus Librarian at r.mamburam@saedubai.com

We would love to hear your feedback.















INFORMATION OVERLOAD… How it affects you? and How do you keep up?



Oh you look like a little lost? How can I help you?

Ah, a research project, Huh? And you don’t know where to start? Sure I can help with that.

Most of the time that you are sent to the library by your lecturer, you’re probably asking yourself, “Why am I in a library? Why can’t I just google anything and everything I need for this project?”.

Yeah, Good Question!


Believe it or not, Google can be a great resource. So can Wikipedia. In fact, any piece of information has the potential to be useful, regardless of where you find it.

Tools like Google and Wikipedia are not even close to being the only resources you can use for research. And they don’t even scratch the surface of how much information is out there. And there’s a lot of information. Too much.


Information Overload

From ancient writings and oral tradition to the very dynamic platforms of information nowadays, heading first in the list is the internet.

All of a sudden, potentially anyone and everyone could post whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.

Now billions of people can create and disseminate information in the blink of eye.

This can be great. More people are accessing information than ever before, making us more informed, intelligent, and responsible global citizens… every person with their own unique voice and outlet to the world. The flow of information seems to be in a rapid wave.

On the other hand, since anyone can dump their information to the flow, we have to confront an increasing number of viewpoints on an increasing number of topics.

It poses a challenge:

How do we manage that flow of information and find reliable and useful information for the variety of tasks we have to accomplish every day?

So, that confusion you feel about what’s the right resource to use? That’s part of information overload.

Information overload is about technology, speed and access too.

Nowadays, it is incredibly easy for an individual to create and duplicate information. The process of making multiple and accurate copies of documents became much easier and faster.

Copy paste. Sounds familiar?

There are also more ways to access information than there used to be.

We used to go to the information in many cases. Now, more than ever, the information comes to us.

It can be too much: too many ways for information to reach us and not enough ways to filter out what we don’t want.

Since information is no longer difficult to transmit, we don’t worry as much about what we’re  sending out into the world. Quality, relevance, and reliability aren’t as valued as they used to be.

Information is no longer a scarce commodity.

As a student and a future creative professional, you are both a creator and user of information.

So it is important that you are aware how this information overload directly and indirectly affects you.

With all your tasks to submit academic requirements using credible sources, you are faced with a variety of different options to choose from.

How do you keep up?

How do you know what’s relevant and accurate?


Information Literacy

A way to combat the confusion is being Information Literate.

Basically, it’s all about understanding how to find, use, create, and share information in a variety of scenarios.

Let’s see what are some of the advantages of being information literate:

  1. Being an independent learner. As you develop skills overtime, you will need less assistance every time that there is an information need you have to address.
  2. Achieving better grades and  getting ahead of others. Most students, do not pay much attention and spend time learning information skills. So it is a definite way to get ahead of your class in accomplishing academic requirements and be a proactive student.
  3. Carrying out professionalism. Practicing information literacy skills as a student gives you an extra advantage among others once you are in the real field of the industry.
  4. Become a reliable resource person. By sharing what you have learned, you get to help others too.


For information professionals, like your campus librarian, the goal is to provide the right information to the right person at the right time.

But the problem with most students, they are content with using less reliable sources of information, not thinking how these would reflect to the credibility of their work in the end.

How about you? Will you commit the same mistake and be content with poor grades after submission? Knowing that you could have done better?


Good News! There is hope for you.

It’s never too late for you to develop skills and be information literate.

You just have to go to the right resource person and be aware of services offered by your school and benefit from all the help you can get.

Here’s a few tips:

  1. Never hesitate to ask assistance from your campus librarian. Know her contact details and schedule appointments for hands on consultations.
  2. Be aware when and where do Information Literacy Workshops are being held and attend them.
  3. Know the library resources and free online databases offered at your campus. You’ll be surprise how these valuable resources will make your student life easier.
  4. Practice information literacy skills even to your  simple daily information needs, and you’ll notice how easier it is for you to apply them academically.
  5. Lastly never stop learning. Because your information need will last a lifetime, your goal must be an independent lifelong learner.


Reading this blog, you have already started your journey to be an information literate student.

Thank you for taking one step forward. Keep updated for more posts.


Enjoy learning!


For further assistance, contact your Campus Librarian at r.mamburam@saedubai.com

We would love to hear your feedback.